Welcome


“A writing cook and a cooking writer must be bold at the desk as well as the stove.” 
-- M.F.K. Fisher  


Thank you for stopping by Rattlebridge Farm. 
I'm Michael Lee West. 
I come from a wild tribe of Southern storytellers and cooks. In our family, Tabasco is a cure-all and gumbo is mandatory on holidays. Feuds have ignited over the proper way to make cornbread--white vs. yellow meal. I like Celtic music, bird watching, split-cedar houses, the Smoky Mountains, Appalachian culture, food history, and buying seasonal produce at roadside stands. I have a B.S. in Nursing, but I kept going back to my first love: writing. Since 1990, I've written 10 books for 4 publishers, including a cookbook/food memoir; two urban fantasies were written under a pen name, Piper Maitland. I've been blogging since 2008. Rattlebridge Farm gave me the opportunity to play in the kitchen--and in my weedy backyard. 

Though results in my kitchen can be iffy . . .

... cooking is my passion.





 Catch up with my cooking, gardening, and home adventures on FacebookTwitterGoogle +, Pinterest,  and Instagram.
Love meeting fellow cooks!

Blog Policy 2017
If you are a company, thanks for your interest in Rattlebridge. At this time, I don't participate in product reviews, product placement, or guest posting. 



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25 comments:

  1. Where do I click to tour your kitchen? Between Naps On The Porch said it was beautiful....can't wait to visit! Liz Hamrick, my email is: elizhamrick@gmail.com Thanks

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  2. i am in LOVE with the black and white adn yellow daffodil bowls, where can i find information on those? where did you get them?

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    1. I found them at Horchow's. I have seen similar bowls on Ebay, too. Thanks for asking!

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  3. Hiya :-) I am new to the whole Linky Party concept and unfortunately goofed with my link, #94, on yesterday's party. :-( I discovered the link error this morning and reposted the working version. Would you be so kind as to remove the errant #94? Thanks! :-) ....and.... Sorry.... still learning here :-)
    Blessed be!

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    1. #94 was deleted. Welcome to Foodie Friday.

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  4. Hi there! I was prompted to visit by Allison. Come by and visit my blog, and all the social places. Looking forward to Linking up to Foodie Friday.

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  5. Hello!
    We just found your Beautiful site and added the FOODIE FRIDAY Html. Will the same link remain and the recipe change automatically? Here is where we pasted the HTML at the bottom for our customers to see!

    http://lacuisinallc.mybigcommerce.com/

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  6. Hey there! just stumbled upon your blog. LOVE IT!!! I too am a fan of Beatrix Potter. Your pictures are gorgeous and I can't wait to see more. Looking forward to staying in touch! Sincerely, Kym

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  7. Hey there!
    I just stumbled upon your blog. I LOVE IT!!! I too am a lover of Beatrix Potter. Your photos are gorgeous and I can't wait to see "what's next". I'm looking forward to staying in touch!
    Sincerely,
    Kym

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    1. Thank you, Kym. Hope you'll visit again soon!

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  8. I just gave you a feature on mykentuckyliving facebook page. I hope my readers will click on foodie friday.
    I have submitted two deserts for everyone....hope they tried by some as they are yummy.
    sheila

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  9. I think I have asked you this before but have I missed something? I try to follow you regularly but I see nothing about the new house and the renovations. Is that over, are you done, are you actually going to move into it or stay where you are? All questions that have me baffled. I thought I would be seeing decorated rooms by now......:)

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  10. Thank you for clarifying all that for me. I'm sorry you didn't get to finish the other house but this 70's ranch looks like it's going to be beautiful! It actually looks like a home! Please keep us informed on the progress of this often. I love the way you decorate!

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    1. That's what my mother said--she thought the house felt homey, and not a place where you'd have to watch every movement and spill, either. Due to events beyond my control, I haven't been able to blog regularly for a while, and I am grateful that you kept up with me. Thanks for reading and for your kind words!

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  11. I would like the your of kitchen link.

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    1. Did my email not arrive? If not, I will put together a few links for you. I also plan to write a post about the kitchen makeover.

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  12. Hi! I just started reading your blog and I think I'm in love! Specifically, I have been drooling over "Dr. Big's Country Bedroom"; can you tell me where you found the red and white buffalo check bedding? Thank you!
    My email is slr.rowlands@hotmail.com.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. You can find the bedding here (in red, cream, or blue): http://www.houzz.com/photos/290292/French-Country-Bed-Linens-and-Houndstooth-Quilt-Sets-Gray-Rooster-Needlepoint-Pill-traditional-bed-pillows

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  13. Michael, my dad has been a Master Gardener here in Texas for as long as I can remember. He has had the opportunity to visit so many neat places, and meet amazing people including those who publish in Southern Living often. I think you'll enjoy the program...it's something I need to do too. :)

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    1. I know you treasure your dad's gardening advice! I'm enjoying the tour this week! Thanks for being such a wonderful hostess!

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